Arkansas Crime

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12:18 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Martha Shoffner Seeks Acquittal After Conviction On Federal Charges

Martha Shoffner leaving federal court last week after being convicted of bribery and extortion charges.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Lawyers for former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner have asked a federal judge to acquit her on bribery and extortion charges, saying prosecutors didn't prove the case against her.

In a court filing Friday, Shoffner's lawyers said no government witness offered proof that interstate commerce was impacted "by robbery or extortion" and that no money changed hands in return for "official acts" by Shoffner.

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7:51 am
Thu March 13, 2014

UCA Ex-Administrator Gets 3-Year Prison Sentence

Credit Faulkner County Sheriff's Office

A former University of Central Arkansas administrator remains free on bond pending an appeal after a jury convicted him of six counts of commercial burglary.

The jury in Van Buren County recommended Wednesday that former UCA chief of staff Jack Gillean serve three years in prison. Earlier in the day, the jury deliberated about an hour and a half before convicting Gillean on the felony counts.

Prosecutors accused Gillean of giving master keys to a student so the student could break into professors' offices to steal tests.

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9:15 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Former Treasurer Convicted Of Bribery, Extortion

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner leaves the federal courthouse Tuesday with attorney Chuck Banks after the jury's guilty verdict was announced.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times


After nearly four hours of deliberation Tuesday, a jury found former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner guilty of federal bribery and extortion charges for accepting $36,000 from a bond trader in return for steering state investment business his way.

The Verdict

Shoffner appeared to be weeping at the defense table as U.S. District Court Judge Leon Holmes read the jury’s verdict. She declined comment when she left the courtroom.

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Local & Regional News
12:10 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Defense To Begin Presenting Its Side In Martha Shoffner Trial

File photo of Martha Shoffner leaving the federal courthouse in Little Rock last week.
Credit David Goins / KARK-TV

The prosecution rested Monday in former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner’s corruption trial and her attorney said the defense will mostly likely conclude Tuesday.

Defense attorney Chuck Banks told U.S. District Court Judge Leon Holmes that Shoffner will not testify, but that he planned to call three defense witnesses.

Monday was the fourth day of Shoffner’s extortion and bribery trial. She is accused of 14 counts of extortion and bribery for allegedly accepting cash payments from a broker to whom she allegedly steered state investments.

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9:11 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Trial To Start For Ex-UCA Official In Test Thefts Case

The trial of a former University of Central Arkansas chief of staff charged in the theft of tests is scheduled to start.

The trial for Jack Gillean is to begin with opening statements Monday in Van Buren County Circuit Court in Clinton after being moved there from Faulkner County because of pretrial publicity. A jury of seven men and five women plus two alternates was seated last week.

Gillean has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Gillean gave a UCA student a master key - knowing that the student would use it to steal tests from the offices of professors.

Local & Regional News
12:44 pm
Sat March 8, 2014

Judge Orders Sale Of Convicted Evangelist's Church

A federal judge has again ordered the sale of a convicted evangelist's church in Fort Smith.

The Texarkana Gazette reported Saturday that the order to sell Tony Alamo's church rejects five liens filed against it by Alamo followers. The newspaper reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant ruled that the liens had no enforceable contracts or proof of billing.

Local & Regional News
10:22 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Arkansas Man Facing Murder Charge Gets Six Years For Probation Violation

A man charged in the killing of a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher has been sentenced to six years in prison for violating the terms of his probation.

Kevin Duck received the maximum sentence for violating terms of his probation from an unrelated 2009 aggravated assault conviction.

Duck is now charged with first-degree murder for the 2011 death of his girlfriend, police dispatcher Dawna Natzke.

Officials recommended revoking Duck's probation after Duck's arrest last November on the murder charge.

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Local & Regional News
9:04 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Vigil Set To Honor Little Rock Teen Killed In Shooting

Adrian Broadway
Credit KARK

A vigil is planned at a Little Rock high school to honor a 15-year-old girl fatally shot after a group of teens vandalized a car.

The vigil for Adrian Broadway is set for 4 p.m. Friday at McClellan High School, where she was a freshman.

Police say 48-year-old Willie Noble opened fire on a group of teenagers that he believed vandalized his car. Broadway was struck by gunfire and died at a Little Rock hospital.

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1:25 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

May Trial Set In Forrest City Bicyclist's Death

A judge has scheduled a May trial date for a Forrest City man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a bicyclist.

First Judicial District Judge L.T. Simes issued an order Thursday scheduling a May 5 trial date for Majed Attahrawi.

Prosecutors charged Attahrawi with first-degree murder for the June 30 death of 59-year-old James Holland. Prosecutors alleged he intentionally ran over Holland with his cargo van after Holland allegedly tried to shoplift from Attahrawi's store. Police say Holland died after he was pinned between the cargo van and a telephone pole.

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10:50 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Pine Bluff Officer Shot By Fellow Officer, Expected To Recover

Authorities say a Pine Bluff police officer has been treated and released from a hospital after he was accidentally shot by a fellow officer while conducting surveillance.

Pine Bluff Police Lt. David Price says officers were conducting surveillance Friday morning outside the Tobacco Outlet on Camden Road because of recent burglaries at the business.

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